World No. 14 tennis player Denis Shapovalov of Canada withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics, citing “safety considerations” over the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Twitter on Tuesday, the 22-year-old Shapovalov said: “Hey, everyone, after careful consideration, I wanted to let you know that I will not participate in the Olympic Games this year.
“Representing Canada means the world to me, but because of the current situation, my team and I have decided that this is the best solution for everyone’s safety,” wrote Shapovalov, a quarterfinalist at the US Open last year.
In another tweet, he wrote: “I can’t wait to represent Canada at the upcoming Olympic Games (Flag of Canada),” noting that his goal now is to represent his country at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Last week, Shapovalov lost to Britain’s Cameron Nori in the Queen’s Club Championship, a Wimbledon warm-up event. Nori continued to lose in the final.
Shapovalov withdrew from the French Open earlier this month to relax.
“I am sad to say that after consulting with my medical team, I made the difficult decision to retire from @rolandgarros. Unfortunately, my shoulder worries me and although the medical tests look good, it is best to rest. See you in 2022. “Roland Garros”, Shapovalov wrote on Twitter before the French Open.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal may also miss the Olympics as he wants to extend his career.
Britain’s Andy Murray is the defending champion of the men’s singles at the Olympics, winning gold behind London 2012 and Rio 2016.
The Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8.